Monday 12 May 2014

Blog Tour: Dear Thing by Julie Cohen

Today I am thrilled to kick off the blog tour for Dear Thing by Julie Cohen with a fab Q&A and a chance to WIN one of three copies of her book. The other tour stops are listed below so please do follow along the blog tour for some other great content.


After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted.

But Romily wasn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire - and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make . . .

Interview with Julie Cohen

1. Please could you briefly describe what Dear Thing is about?

It’s the story of Claire and Ben, a happily-married couple who can’t have the baby they so desperately want. So their friend Romily offers to be a surrogate mother for them. But being pregnant with Ben’s baby stirs up all sorts of unexpected feelings in her.

2. What was the inspiration for Dear Thing?

I, and many of my friends, have struggled with infertility and miscarriage. I wanted to write about some of these emotions in my book, because they’re important and heartbreaking, and so many people suffer them. 

3. Please describe Dear Thing in three words. 

Poignant, funny, thought-provoking.

4.What is the best thing about being a writer?

Spending lots and lots of time with the imaginary people in your head. And being able to work in your pyjamas.

5. Where is your favourite place to write?

I usually write in the attic of our house, where I can pull up the ladder and type away to my heart’s content. But I also love writing at my parents’ cottage at Roxbury Pond in Maine, USA, late at night when there’s no internet connection and no noise other than the peepers and the waves on the beach.

6. Who is your favourite author?

That is a ridiculously difficult question because there are so many. My favourite author this afternoon is Georgette Heyer, because I’m rereading Cotillion for the third time and loving it as much as I did the first time. But if you ask me tomorrow I’ll probably choose someone different!

7. What book (s) have you got planned next? 

My next book, WHERE LOVE LIES, is out in hardback in July. It’s the story of a happily-married woman who suddenly experiences a scent that plunges her into memories of a tumultuous, intense affair she had ten years before, before she met her husband.
I’m working on the next book after that now, but I can’t quite tell you what it’s about yet.

8. Where can others connect with you?

My website is, I’m on Facebook on and I’m on Twitter far too much as @julie_cohen. 


To be in a chance of winning ONE of THREE copies of DEAR THING. Enter via rafflecopter below:


  1. This sounds an interesting one Laura. I think I'd find it a bit upsetting as it is close to home, but I am intrigued!

  2. Wow this sounds amazing! Sad, but really intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

  3. I'm not sure if this one is going to be my cup of tea, but I think I'll give it a try as it sounds absolutely intriguing! Thanks for sharing Laura, and great interview! :D
    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  4. This book sounds amazing, really powerful and totally different to the books I normally read. A very intruiging topic xx

  5. Sounds like an incredibly powerful read which would have lots of emotions! Thinks it's one to read with a box of hankies by your side. Kim x

  6. Sounds like a great book :) xx

  7. A great giveaway, thank you :)

  8. Sounds like a powerful read...tissues at the ready. Thank you for the chance of the give-away. X

  9. This sounds like a very good read, thank you for the giveaway and for the lovely feature! Lindsay x

  10. Sounds like a good read, thanks for the giveaway! Bethan x

  11. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds like a great book :) x